Revelation 20 Daily DevotionalApril 21, 2016
Today’s Reading – Revelation 20
The Thousand Years
And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They[a] had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
The Judgment of Satan
7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
The Judgment of the Dead
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Live – Here we see the binding of Satan as an angel comes down from heaven with the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand, and seizes the dragon, and casts him into the pit, that for a thousand years he should deceive the nations no more. The end is triumphant and glorious and we are assured that every enemy of the church will be slain. The enemies of the church are all long since destroyed; when death and hell shall give up the dead that are in them; when the records of human actions shall be opened, and all shall be judged according to their works; and when all who are not found written in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire. Eternal judgment is final and daunting and as we we come to the conclusion my instinct to be ready rises and challenges me.
Pray – Father, my heart is filled with peace and overflowing with praise, as I consider what You have done for me. I have a need I could never meet, an illness I could never heal, and a debt I could never pay but by one single sacrifice for sins, You took care of everything. Your death upon the cross was sufficient and now I am redeemed and set free. Right now, Jesus, according to Scripture, You’re not pacing the corridors of heaven, worried and fretting. You’re enthroned beside our Father and reigning over all things; waiting for the Day when You will humble Your enemies and return for Your Bride. These chapters inspire my spirit for that day which I wait for in Jesus strong name. Amen.